Hydro Power Engineering Syllabus
CE 436 Hydro Power Engineering
Introduction: Waterpower Development – its types, distribution and use
World’s largest hydropower generating plants, Estimate of flow rate and waterpower, Peak Load
Dams: Classifications, types, site selection for dams.
Gravity Dams: Forces acting on gravity dams, Modes of failure, principal and shear stresses,
Elementary profile of a gravity dam, high and low gravity dams, profile of a dam from practical
considerations, stability analysis methods.
Joints and galleries in gravity dams
Arch Dams: Types, methods for design of arch dam.
Buttress Dams: Types, forces acting on Buttress dam, stability analysis.
Spillways: Spillway capacity, classification of Spillways, Design of Ogee Spillway, Stilling Basins,
Spillway crest gates.
Intake structures: functions, location, intake type, trash rack, dimension, design, spacing of bars,
method of cleaning, shape of inlet, power canal, location, site, forebay, size, capacity, gates and
Tunnels: geometric and hydraulic design, penstock, location, type, Economical diameter of
Surge tank: Functions, type, Design of Surge tank, methods of surge analysis, Restricted orifice
and differential surge tanks, downstream surge tanks.
Power House: Location, site and general arrangements, draft tubes, tail trace and their hydraulic
design, turbines, number, make, size, type, characteristics and efficiency, pumps, Generators,
exciters, switchboard, transformers and other accessories.
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New Delhi, 1999.
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4. Galce A A “Handbook of Dam Engineering” Van Nostrang Rheinhold Co., New York,
5. Justin J D and Creager W P “Engineering for Dams” Vols. 1 to 3, John Wiley & Sons,
New York, 1998.
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